A Letter To The FTC Regarding Search Engine Disclosure Compliance
In 2002, the US Federal Trade Commission created guidelines for search engines regarding disclosure of paid placement and paid inclusion listings. As a journalist who has covered the search engine space since 1996, I’m finding that the agency seems to be failing to properly enforce these guidelines. I’m asking for the FTC to conduct a review of the current state of compliance, so that I might report on your official findings. I’d also like to understand if the agency, after conducting such a review, feels that the guidelines need to be updated, expanded or amended in any way.